Oprah Winfrey shares her private diaries
March 9th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey shares her private diaries

Oprah Winfrey is giving fans a glimpse of her most private moments by sharing her personal journals in the April issue of O magazine.

USA Today reports that the five handwritten pages, taken from diaries the media mogul has kept since childhood, cover everything from the making of her very first movie — 1985's "The Color Purple" — to her very first date at age 16.

"Anthony asked me yesterday to go with him today. I answered yes," Winfrey says in an entry dated September 22, 1970. "My only regret is my parents. Maybe I shouldn't have said yes but I wanted to, and my want overpowered theirs...I hated to go against my parents but Anthony is so perfect (almost). I couldn't say no."

Winfrey wrote daily about her experience on the set of Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple," and a July 12, 1985, entry reveals her insecurities as a first-time actress and her bond with co-star Whoopi Goldberg.

"Steven kept saying great — great — everyone was moved — then Alan said part of it was in shadow or something. I prayed and prayed to be able to recapture the same energy, having Whoopi there to coax me on did help a lot."

O magazine's iPad app will include 11 extra journal pages, including one from November 19, 1970, in which Winfrey reveals she wasn't always such an overachiever.

"I've got a psychology test tomorrow and haven't studied one bit," she writes. "Why I do stuff like this is beyond me."

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  1. anthony

    I love love oprah............thanks for opening up a part of yourself for use. I know that it could never be an easy thing to do

    March 13, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Angie

    Over the years of my life, the one thing I have learned is that Americans love to put people on pedestals. We watch their every move and think they can do no wrong but the truth is we wait eagerly to see them fall. A large majority of American’s love to see the people we put on the pedestals to fall off much more than we want to see them to continue to succeed. We have a great need to see them brought down to our level or even better lower. We then can feel better about our selves for a few seconds but since this superior emotion does not last long we quickly look for someone new and the whole process starts over.
    Oprah is a talented human being, whom I believe has a good heart, but she is human. I have watched her shows over the years and sometimes I agreed and enjoyed her show sometimes I did not. The point is, is that we all have to remember that she is not God and is not without faults. Like everything else in our life’s we must sift through everything we see and hear and find what the truth is for our self and throw out the rest and that does not mean throw out the person. You should allow God or your Higher Being be the judge.
    It is sad that so many of us spend our time watching reality television like “Jersey Shore” or The Kardashian’s give us a glimpse of their definitions of the good life. I only hope that Oprah will continue to share new thoughts and ideas that continue to stimulate people to think and grow. I can say that I never seen Oprah slap someone or even try to destroy them with her words.

    March 11, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. AuntB

    For crying out loud!!!! Nothing infuriates me more than people who talk about celebrities as if they know them and make judgements. I dont know Oprah Winfrey. I dont know about her personal life nor is it any of my business. Gay, straight, rich, poor, political views etc. She is one part of the entertainment industry. My only right as a consumer of that industry is to choose whether or not to watch. Judging anyone & calling names are not traits that are becoming of anyone.

    March 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sheryl

    For all the Oprah haters...how many schools did you build? How many kids did you send to college that weren't yours? How many homes have you build for the people of New Orleans? Just wondering.

    As a fan of Oprah I know she is not God and do not follow her blindly. I make up my own mind as to what I will purchase or read or a place I will visit.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • deb

      I agree with you. The haters on this blog are pathetic. No one "worships" Oprah. I like Oprah but I do sometimes think she goes overboard with the "sharing" of her life experiences, like the road trip, camping trip, etc. But then again, she is a "star", actress, celebrity, etc., and so many of them have big egos. I guess she's just like the rest of them. "Needs" to be in the spotlight. Whatever...I couldn't care less if she's gay or not.

      March 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Madd Crapper

    I would love to go on the Orca show, take a crap on the floor then begin tossing the warm pile in her face and at the audience.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chips dips on the hips

    Opa and Gayle like to dip they chips in one anothers salsa holes then chow down.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Seized Franks Crazed Imagination.

    I wonder if Opa and Gayle take turns shaving one anothers furry parts.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lettuce Head

    Eat me.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. harpo

    Megalomania. Maybe she should buy a country in Africa and be president Oprah.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. mary

    There is one BIG issue with Oprah.. And that is her concept of right vs wrong.. she has so many "loyal" followers.. Sheeple basically..
    She is in some ways a religious leader to those people.. when she hands out her own philosophy and view on rights and wrongs.. She is preaching according to her own beliefs..
    And being "spiritual' might sound great, but if it does not follow the teachings of the scripture then she is teaching against them.
    So just cause Oprah says it, doesn't make it so..

    March 10, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. dave

    No thanks.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Heidi

    Oprah! - This gal sure knows how to make a buck!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Anonymous

    I'd like to preface by stating: I didn't read this article, I merely saw it was about Oprah and decided to comment.

    No one cares about the bourgeois, elitist windbag that is Oprah.

    Stop publishing articles about her. She's a liar and a fraud.

    Just stop.

    No one cares.


    March 10, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rabbit One

    Aw! Go O. Ain't that just wonderfully entertaining! Share, girl, share; go on now! Love ya!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Yo

    i would trust the mafia more than i trust the president of the US.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  16. Yo

    I hope her followers wake up and realize she's not that great-and she's gotten so much money back from the government with her 'handouts' its just another scam

    March 10, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  17. Yo

    I don't like Oprah much...I never got her...she dips her talk show fingers into politics and she knows nothing of it-just like with support with Obama...that was a political scam to get Obama to win since her followers are brainwashed into thinking she's something great. I know of her 'donations' to charities-but she hasn't donated as much as some celebrities who make only half what she does...then she walks around with 15k worth purses...its discusting and I cant believe people fell for her bs

    March 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. bob

    this revealing diary nonsense is just that.......nonsense. she could have penned this stuff last week for all we know. they should at least be tested by experts for age. if they're confirmed to be decades old writings, then it could be mildly interesting.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  19. hop

    Why cant she just go away for once and for all? if it wasnt for middle aged white women she wouldnt even have a show to begin with.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. nelson

    Come on... What else do you need to expose? Isn't anything private? I truly LOVE you and you have been the best example for so many people. You have opened the eyes of so many people. But come on. It's sort of like your weight gain will once again be headed for a tremendous weight loss with a whole new crew making money off you. The reinvention of you has been going on for too long. Like drug re-hab for poor sad Lindsay Lohan.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. calimafia

    Is it true that one of her diaries is about Charlie Sheen??????????????????

    March 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  22. omegarising

    With what's going on in the world, Is this really news? NEWS FLASH CNN!! OPRAH IS A HAS BEEN THAT NOBODY GIVES A FURRY RATS ASS ABOUT!!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Em

    Oh joy, she's gonna tell us MORE about her private thoughts....what a lovely bore.

    March 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      we have heard a lot about her already. we don't need to continue the same issue over and over. i know their is a lot of idols out their for her because their lives are so empty that they have to find someone to cling to forever.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  24. Eva

    SigmundFraud, did you ever hit the nail on the head!! She's so in love with herself I don't know how she has any love left for anyone else. As far as helping others, there are millions of people all over the world who do what they can to be of service to others without her billions and don't draw attention to themselves. THEY are the ones I look up to with pure admiration.

    March 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  25. mad hater

    She eats mad steaks off other peoples bad breaks. And she is gay.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Guy Smiley

    I hear they are renaming the Sooner state Oprahoma.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. missbeasley

    PLEASE leave this women alone. In all the years she has been on TV and all of sudden all this hate comes out. She has doen more to help others than any other famous person. Her effortd has taken care of a lot of people and some you may even know if you admit it or not. Her personal life remains her personal life. And if it is true that she is Gay than you should only be so lucky to be the one receiving that love. The green monster lives in us all, however we should not hate someone cause we want to have what they have and wish we were that persons best friend. And as for Gayle she is one of the luckest people on earth and the truth you all know that and so you hate on her as well. I still believe in Oprah and support her as well. If we could look at the positive that she reflects and stop putting so much negative out there. We have enough of that in the world. And if it were you that all these comments were being written about, how would you feel, this is to all the haters that have posted.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  28. SigmundFraud

    Is there anything more fascinating than this woman's fascination with herself?

    March 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. kay

    we all know that Oprah is gay. Let's be nice. gay's are people with feelings like the rest of us.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mrs American as Apple Pie

    I hate to say this but I just discovered Oprah is lying to us. On the show the other day about the vacation to Yosemite they were filming her and Gayle fly fishing. Then back in the studio Oprah said "she would like to go fly fishing with Steadman and his friends as they go all the time." Then she looked at the audience to see if they bought it or not.

    I must conclude Oprah was lying then and probably has been lying about things all along. I no longer will watch her show as I believe she is a gay woman and a lying gay woman at that.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  31. ProperVillain

    Yes, please. We really need to hear more about Oprah. I wait with bated breath to hear her every world. She's sooooooooo interesting....(rolls eyes)

    March 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Steven Seagal

    Dear Diary,
    Today I wiped my a55 with $100 bills after a satisfying dump.


    March 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  33. The Aarons Dream Machine

    Opa and Gayle dont have a couch or sofa. Just a love seat.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. fools

    Has it ever occurred to any of you that it could easily be the same troll on multiple aliases trying to stir up the pot with you people? +1 for the troll, it appears.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  35. sunless

    it's better story... http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    March 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |

    Listen you miserable wretches. Oprah may be gay and I may be jealous of Gayle but that is no reason to cast dispersions. Shame on you.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  37. charles in charge

    I'd rather read Howard Stern's journal. Now that man should be a billionaire. Also his channel needs to be on basic cable.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • C B

      Charles, he's almost there. After the first $500 million contract, his new one is worth more than that (he specified that in order to stay). On the other side of the radio spectrum, Rush Limbaugh is also well on his way to being a billionaire if he isn't there already.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Maurice

    Yeah she shares such meaningful passages such as "Today I cut the lock off my fridge. I just couldn't help myself. I tried to replace those dancing cupcakes in my head with visions of carrots and brussel sprouts, but to no avail. I know it isn't right raiding the fridge like this. BAD OPRAH, BAD OPRAH! It is about time I give my good friend Jenny Craig a call. I need her now more than ever."

    March 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  39. C B

    File under, "Who Gives a S–t?"

    March 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  40. jenny juarez

    Great show, great person. Read and watch O and OWN. Other options.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jim Jones

    I heard she paid James Frey for a few of his journal entries.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  42. pedro

    I sure no wanna see her nastty privates.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  43. jeff

    Dear Diary – Today I ate lots of mac and cheese and rolled in my billions of dollars because I was so depressed.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  44. No longer and Oprah fan

    I am a reformed Opraholic. Ive noticed now she uses the colored circle as her trademark...just more evidence she is gay. I no longer what her show.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Opa new network

    Opas new channel is filled with nothing but gay shows. Just more of a confirmation she is Leeez. Also years ago Opa made serveral passes at Diane Sawyer.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      If you dont like Opra why are you even watching you hipocrit somebody!!!!!!!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steadman

      Donna. Would you care to join Gayle, Oprah and myself for a fantasy free-for-all! With Oprah there you can be assured it will be a whale of a time.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  46. The Little Rascals

    I bet when Orcas weave is out she looks just like Fareena from The Little Rascals.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Its a Fish Fry

    Opa likes her fish blackened.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Sing a Song

    I must admit to watching the last portion of the Orca show when Diana Ross was on. Orca was beside herself and trying to touch, grope Diana. Orca was in heaven but the way she kept "coming on" made Diana very uncomfortable. Also I felt very bad for Gayle who must watch this carrying on by her girlfriend.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sing A Song is an Idiot

      I watched this same episode and I didn't see any of what you are referring too.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • clauzie

      you are disgusting. probably watching from your trailer park. if you were worth anything you would not spend your time trying to put anyone down. seek help.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sing a Song

      As I said...Im sure Gayle must have been quite distraught thinking Orca may toss her aside for Diana.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CareBear

      Please check your spelling...it's Oprah, not Orca.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ Richards

      Sing a Song is not a truthful individual... I hope you will re read your response and maybe have an Oprah "aha moment." Diana Ross and her family loved Oprah sooo much that they made a home video for her and lady D kept hugging Oprah yet what you "Sing a lying Song" saw was negative because that is who you are.

      March 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Um that was intentional CareBear

      March 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Sybaris


    March 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Rachel

    Oprah rocks! Don't pay attention to the haters, Marina!

    March 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonydpoc

      Yeah right. Almost all 16 year olds say "My wants overpowered their" whatever the hell she "wrote". Oprah will say/do anything to get attention. She is a media hound and people need to realize that. Her story is, without a doubt, unbelievable...but, she dies have a keen kna
      ck for adding to her...legend...

      March 10, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara Fine

      I agree. Oprah is a wonderful influence on this world. She earned all of her money and deserves it.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  51. mario

    And we are to care what this overrated wind bags says or does?

    March 9, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |

      anyone trying to do good during their lifetime is not appreciated. what you seem to appreciate is the loser who thinks only about themselves being in the tabloid constantly not providing anything positive to anyone not even to themselves. we admire that greatly. we have a lot of growing to do and stop worshiping the neagtives.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marilyn

      You cared enough to read and respond.

      March 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Commojoe

      Mario, I couldn't agree more. Who cares what Orpah (her real name, which she just magically transposed at some point to become OPRAH, a made-up whatever name) says, thinks or writes? She's so pathetically rich she feels she has to tell everyone everything she has on her mind? Why can't she simply enjoy the success, shut up, and let the rest of the world ALONE?

      March 10, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  52. marina

    I don't understand the hate directed towards Oprah? Is it jealousy perhaps?

    March 9, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |


      March 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruby

      Some people feel threatened by an empowered woman.

      March 9, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • RabiaDiluvio

      People hate her because she pharts rainbows and lectures people about how to live when they do not have her means. Part of the reason the hate grew so huge in recent years was the whole "The Secret" cult business which really amounted to a way to make $$ while teaching people how to guilt themselves over events that might not be in their direct control, like sickness. Another is her undying zombie-like support of Obama.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • stu

      good bedtime reading=snnnnnnnore!

      March 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |

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